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Archive for December, 2009

Traffic advisories for Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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There are a couple of traffic advisories this morning for a couple New Hanover County beach towns.

First at Wrightsville Beach: The Department of Transportation will close the westbound right lane of US 76 – That is Causeway Drive – at the bridge over Banks Channel Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Crews are repairing damage from a vehicle accident.

The other advisory is at Carolina Beach where work was scheduled to start at 3:00 this morning on Snow’s Cut Bridge.

The DOT will have intermittent lane closures on the bridge each day this week from 3:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the work on both bridges, visit www.ncdot.org or call 511.

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There are a couple of traffic advisories this morning for a couple New Hanover County beach towns.

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7-year-old NC girl shot, wounded at skating rink

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Authorities in North Carolina’s largest city are looking for a suspect after a 7-year-old girl was shot in the leg by a stray bullet at a roller skating rink.

The Charlotte Observer reported Sunday that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said the girl’s injuries weren’t life threatening.

A suspect has been identified, but police are not revealing his name.

Capt. Michelle Hummel said officers were called to the Starlight Roller Rink Saturday afternoon. Hummel said two men got into an argument just after 5 p.m. One man pulled out a gun, which went off.

The girl was shot once in the right leg just above the knee by the bullet. She was in stable condition at Carolinas Medical Center. Hummel said the 7-year-old didn’t know either of the men.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Authorities in North Carolina’s largest city are looking for a suspect after a 7-year-old girl was shot in the leg by a stray bullet at a roller skating rink.

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City wants to buy land for public projects

Monday, December 14th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington City Council has its sights on four properties – two for parks, one for a police firing range and another to make room for the proposed Cape Fear Skyway Bridge.

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NC police link surge in burglaries to minivans

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Police in North Carolina’s largest city have linked an outbreak of minivan thefts to a surge in home burglaries.

The Charlotte Observer reports criminals have stolen minivans from park-and-ride lots and other areas to haul away big items like flat-screen TVs from Charlotte-area homes.

Police say minivans are targeted in park-and-ride lots because they won’t be missed while their owners are at work. Police say the home burglaries occur a short time after the vans are stolen. Older Chrysler model vans are the most popular with thieves.

Officials say criminals started targeting minivans with their spacious interiors and easy-access sliding doors after having to leave larger items behind in past home burglaries.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police in North Carolina’s largest city have linked an outbreak of minivan thefts to a surge in home burglaries.

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2 species of rare bats found at NC Army post

Monday, December 14th, 2009

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Fort Bragg officials have discovered the Army post is home to two species of rare bats.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Monday that Fort Bragg scientists are working to protect two populations of rare bats to keep them off the endangered species list.

Scientists first spotted roosting trees for Rafinesque’s big-eared bats and the southeastern myotis bats during summer and fall inventories.

Biologists have set up misting nets around Fort Bragg to catch the bats for banding and radio-tagging.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Fort Bragg officials have discovered the Army post is home to two species of rare bats.

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